[gmpi] Re: Topic 1: Audience for and users of plugins

  • From: Bill Gardner <billg@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: gmpi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2003 12:24:10 -0500

I took a quick stab at summarizing the proposed audience, in terms of architectures:

1) Native DAW (Windows, Mac, LINUX)
        a) audio and music-data
        b) filters, sources, sinks
        c) realtime, offline, non-linear editing
        d) drivers?
        e) other media types?
2) DAW + DSP (e.g., UAD-1, PowerCore, ProTools TDM)
3) External DSP box (e.g., Plugzilla, Chameleon, firewire I/O boxes with DSPs)
4) Gaming consoles
5) Handheld devices

I think we're all agreed on 1, with debate continuing on whether to consider drivers and other media types besides audio and music data, and many, many other issues.

I think 2 is worthy of consideration. GMPI could be used to encapsulate both native and DSP implementations of the same plug. It would require some flexibility regarding packaging of the executable (the DSP version would need to grab the DSP code from the plug), plus support for integer sample and parameter data formats. Seems like most issues will be substantially the same with native versus DSP implementation.

I threw in 3 at the last minute. Not sure if it needs its own category. Plugzilla probably falls under 1, since it is really a native VST implementation. Do we need a new category for external DSP boxes and are we interested in addressing this architectural audience?

Regarding 4, I'll defer to others. Do we have representation/interest from the gaming console community? If not we should skip it.

Regarding 5, I'd advise strongly against it. The embedded world is profoundly different from the desktop/laptop world. I don't see real convergence anytime soon.


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